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You Gotta love Gigatribe-FREE file sharing software

Version 3 is now available - FREE and secure file sharing software with no limit on size and number of files to share photos, videos, music with family and friends. You decide on what to share and with whom in a fully encrypted P2P environment with selected Gigatribe members. There are no files to upload, no size limitations and user scan share files and folders and file transfers can be resumed if the user goes offline. Features include: recently shared filed are color coded ; shared files can… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on October 22, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Move over, Android is moving in to your home

What’s an Android? Android™ is an operating system for home automation, developed by Google, a complete set of software for mobile devices, middleware and key mobile applications that will be on the shelf by year end.. Look for wireless web-connected devices operating on your home network that will to act as a home control center for locking the doors, turn on the lights, lifting the shades and control the temperature. New remotes devices will work on… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on August 17, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Cook with Mario Batali at you fingertips!!

With the trend in stainless steel appliances in the kitchen these days, Toshiba introduced at the House Beautiful showcase in Rockefeller Center, a 19-inch stainless-steel-style DVD/LCD TV combo set for the kitchen countertop. With a bult-in DVD player, the chef of the house can watch their favorite cooking shows right on the counter while cooking up a creative meal. With a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and connectivity, the picture quality is… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on August 7, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

HD on the road: Shoot from any angle

Nikon recently introduced their new version of DSLR HD video enabled camera, the D5000 with a swivel screen that rotates to get your best shot from any angle with a 18-55mm lens. Besides shooting the landscapes on the road, this quiet camera is perfect for museum visits, church interiors and local genre shots, unnoticed. This is a camera for the tech-savvy or the first time DSLR buy with lots of features not found on their previous versions, though… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on August 5, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Grilling on the deck - with no wires for great sound!

Now you can grill on the deck with 8 hours of continuous music, without getting tangled in the speaker wires!

Devotec Industries has just announced their new product and a first! solar-powered wireless, Bluetooth speakers. The sound box is compact, portable with 2 speakers and connect wirelessly to a Bluetooth phone – Nokia, iPhone, and Blackberry or MP3 player. The speaker comes complete with a connector to link to other devices and a touch… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on August 1, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Imagine the Possibilities-Smart Home going mainstream

Turn on your iPhone and see who is at the door? Change your home security options on the road? Turn down the thermostat when on vacation? Entertainment options in the home that store and manage digital media is commonplace. We can download movies from the Internet on a television and play our favorite songs stored on our computers to listen on a stereo system around the house. Moving beyond entertainment, and exploring future options, companies like… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 25, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

GigaTribe: Videos on the Road

GigaTribe, the free community file sharing software, has partnered with DivX to integrate the DivX Web Player within GigaTribe for unlimited personal video streaming from a web browser while using GigaTribe on the road. The DivX video streaming feature is available immediately from GigaTribe.

No Waiting to View Your Videos-Previously, when downloading video from GigaTribe’s “Private Area,” users had to wait until the video was completely… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Heading to the beach or taking a safari?

The Samsung TL320 ultra-wide angle lens 12 mega-pixel compact digital camera is a pocket favorite. With a 24mm ultra-wide angle lens, this rugged camera has a 3” screen with a high resolution, easily viewed indoors and in direct sunlight. The features makes this camera special – wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom and high-definition video recording with a cradle to view your videos and photos on HDTV. For easy use, the automatic controls make it… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 20, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Home Controls for Digital Livins

With a new round of funding, Control4 is expanding their platform for the home by adding energy monitoring for you to control energy consumption and entertainment on one box. The company already offers a networked thermostat, the Control 4 Wireless Thermostat that allows people to control temperature settings. Early next year, with new funding, the company plans to include smart meters, which have two-way communications built in, into the home-area… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 15, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

RETAIL WAR-Walmart and Best Buy

With the close of Circuit City, Walmart and Best Buy are out to gain customers and market share in the consumer electronics market. Announced in the New York Times today, the retail battle is on with BestBuy announcing a partnership with TiVo, promoting a special version of DVR in Best Buy’s US stores in the US with Best Buy promoting to their customers TV’s on a special TiVo DVR and their Napster… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 10, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

High Tech "Wake and Shake"



iLUV has done it again by bringing out a unique product for those who cringe at the sound of the morning alarm. The iMMM 153 desktop alarm for your iPod has a bed shaker you can tuck under you pillow to shake you out of your slumber along with your favorite music. The alarm has built-in speakers to hear your music with depth and clarity and features a large, easy to read display with a dimmer control. You can listen to the sounds from your IPod,… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 5, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

With ROCKET LIFE-cool personalized gifts



If you are looking for a program to make personalized gifts – mugs, teeshirts, photo albums, this one is fun, compared to other tedious programs like Kodak and Snapfish. With an upcoming Fourth of July celebration, we found this program to make fun mugs for the occasion for our guests. The program is simple, easy to use, with simple creative tools to organize and upload images off your computer, with the ability to crop and edit. And the best… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 1, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

PRICE REDUCTION-Plug and Play RAID Storage !!

Now is the time to take advantage on Other World Computing (OWC) price reductions on eight OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 Models. These models are high capacity, high performance hardware RAID storage solutions built for performance-intensive applications, such as A/V, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, graphics with redundant backup featuring hardware RAID 5 redundancy to protect against data loss. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 has four… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 29, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Avoid Electric Bill Shock! Think Green, Act Smart, Save Money

Why wait for electric bill shock? As featured on NPR and Fox News, the PowerCost Monitor™ is a simple solution device to take advantage of real-time feedback on how much electricity your home is consuming in $$ and KW. This product is well designed, easy to install and simple to use by Other World Computing (OWC) Woodstock, IL.

Features include viewing peak energy costs over 24 hours, time and outside temperature display.

By reducing your… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 27, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Is Your Face the Future of Home Control?



Biometric methods are used in various forms for identity access and control using fingerprints, face and iris recognition, hands and palms geometry and DNA. This could also include behavior such as voice recognition. Now at Walt Disney World, biometric measurements are taken from the fingers of guests to ensure that the person’s ticket is used by the same person from day to day. In the May 2009 A&S International Magazine issue, XS PRO-1000… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Create a unique gift....a photo album to share with friends and family

Unibind now makes it possible to create an instant 4x6 photo album at home with the MyBook Collection kit. The kit is complete with a book cover, 2 end sheets and a free mailing envelope for mailing. You can print your photos on any type of paper, and easy to assemble – just staple, peel and stick! There is a large variety of colors, themes and designs to choose from to fit any occasion – showers, anniversaries, vacations, honeymoons, pets, children… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Installing a Home Automation System?

Whether you are looking to install a new syste, retrofit or upgrade the electronic systems in your home, the task of installing a home automation system can be daunting. What a dream…....to manage all your home electronic systems from one device to control the lights, audio, video, security, and thermosat.

Start by assessing your present and future needs and what do you hope to achieve in bulding one unified system.

Here is roadmap for starters…

(1) Choose an “ open system” that… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 9, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Automate the Cat!

Perhaps, like me, you have a “Sink Cat” who sits endlessly in the kitchen or bathroom sink, until you turn on the water to drink. Cats love circulating, filtered water to keep healthy, hydrated and cool. I can’t say enough about the Catit drinking fountain. The container is small, with circulating water to encourage your cat to drink more water. The filter and constant circulation of water keeps the water fresh and oxygenated. With a generous capacity of 64 ounces, there is no need to change… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 6, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Crazy Eddy Returns ...

With a race to capture the electronics business, with the downturn of Circuit City, Walmart and Best Buy are in the battle for the customers, while specialty retailers, who often offer better performing products are changing too. Best Buy has been moving towards a interactive approach, helping customers make the right choice with a strong in-store experience. Walmart is redesigning their space to add more room with electronic displays for customers who have done their research to find the… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on May 19, 2009 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Take the iMac Test Drive

Just released: The all-in-one iMac? This I had to see and headed to my local store today in NYC to learn more. As an artist, I always wanted a Mac. After a friendly greeting at the door, a staff member listened to my queries, and led me through the Apple experience knowing I was a longtime PC user.

I was impressed with the sleek design, aluminum surface, 24” display (1680x1050 resolution) and a smaller keyboard with 2 USB ports for mouse and camera devices. The display comes with a stand,… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on May 14, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments


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